At some point in the first year after Cliff's open heart surgery, we happened to read that sardines are one of the most heart-healthy things you can add to your diet. Rich in Omega-3's and not full of pollutants, since they are at the bottom of the food chain. We decided to make them our entree of choice when we went picnicking on the motorcycle.
Funny thing, though: The cans of sardines we bought for less than a dollar didn't jive with our prior knowledge of sardines. What we got was three fat fishes floating a lot of oil, mustard sauce, or whatever, depending on which kind you chose. They were not "packed like sardines".
Being a cheapskate, I bought them repeatedly, though. If there wasn't enough there to be filling, we ate a few crackers along with them.
When I was shopping, I noticed another brand of sardines on the shelf, but I didn't pay much attention to them because they cost about twice as much.
Cliff and I would be sitting in a park trying to pretend like those three fat fishes were enough for anybody, and we'd have the same conversation, over and over. "When I was a kid, there were a whole bunch of tiny little sardines packed into a can."
"Yeah, I know!"
A while back I took a closer look at the pricey sardines. King Oscar, the brand was. And the can was wrapped up in cellophane, real fancy-like.
I threw caution to the wind and dropped two cans into my cart.
Our motorcycle has been disabled for awhile (bad alternator), and it was finally repaired yesterday. Today we rode it to a tractor show; on the way home, we had our hobo picnic.
Oh, my dears, those King Oscar sardines were gourmet fare! The old adage, "You get what you pay for," was never more true.
I may start eating sardines at home once in awhile. Seriously!
I know many of you are gagging at the thought of sardines, but they're good. Just trust me on this. Fifty million hobos can't be wrong.
Oh, here's a little slide-show/video from the tractor show.